For at least one more time this season Misericordia University will make history.
The next of hopefully many more first-timers for the Cougars will be Saturday when they host Widener in the first football game in school history to be held on the Dallas campus. Kickoff is set for 1:10 p.m. at Mangelsdorf Field.
It won't be just the students and parents watching the game because the historic contest will be televised live locally on WQMY.
If the Cougars (0-2, 0-1 MAC) are going to mark their first win for the program, they're going to have work hard for it because the Pride (2-0, 1-0) enter the contest with huge numbers on offense and defense.
Widener, which is ranked No. 22 in the nation in the d3football.com poll, is tied for fifth in the country with 52 points per game, while being tied for second in touchdowns scored with 15. This coming after last season when the team scored at least 27 points in every game.
One of the obstacles the Cougars defense will have to overcome is quarterback Chris Haupt. The 25-year-old and former minor league baseball player loves to sling the ball all over the field. The signal-caller, who was named the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year by Lindy's Sports Magazine, has already thrown for 503 yards and nine touchdowns this season, accounting for more than 60 percent of the team's total yards.
It's not just the offense that poses a problem for the Cougars. The Widener defense has been stingy to say the least and is ranked No. 12 in the nation, allowing just 184.5 yards per game and three touchdowns in two games while creating the second-most turnovers (10) in the country.
Records: Widener (2-0, 1-0 MAC); Misericordia (0-2, 0-1)
When: 1 p.m. Saturday at Mangelsdorf Field, Dallas
Last Meeting: As all opponents are for the Cougars, this is the first between the teams.
Last week: Misericordia lost 47-7 to Lebanon Valley. The Pride clubbed King's 41-6.
What to know: Widener coach Isaac Collins, now in his third season with the team, has coached at Division I programs The Citadel, Delaware, Holy Cross, Lehigh and Columbia. He's also been on NFL coaching staffs of Philadelphia and the New York Giants.
About the Pride: They are first in the nation with 15.0 tackles for loss per game and tied for fourth with 6.0 sacks per game.
About the Cougars: They have three stats in their favor this season that show promise for success. The team holds an advantage in time of possession, fewer penalties and least turnovers in the first two games. The Cougars have a plus-3 turnover ratio and haven't turned the ball over at all.
Notes: While Misericordia is in its first season of collegiate football, Widener is playing in season No. 132. The program started in 1879 and has a record of 651-402-38.
Widener will win if it continues to play the way it's been playing early in the season, putting up big offensive numbers and holding opponents to minimal points.
Misericordia will win if it can contain Widener's potent offense and build off what the Cougars own offense started to develop last week when the first touchdown and interception in school history were recorded.
Up Next: Misericordia gets its first taste of a rivalry when it stays in Luzerne County and travels to Wilkes-Barre Township to face King's. The Pride, meanwhile, continue to play teams from Luzerne County when they host Wilkes.
TV: The game will be televised live on WQMY.